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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
9:43 pm - On Vox: Missing MISSY...

got this in the email.... thanks Rose~!! =)

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OMG too funny!

Read from top to bottom J

This David person def reminds me of Fish lol!

 

 


Hi
I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

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This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.

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From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are you?"
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.
 
From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don't like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white Wham 'Choose Life' t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair, slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker; resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated, leaving Steven with a foul stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I liked that cat.
Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It's a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.
 
From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don't come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three days down a well once but that was just for fun.
I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.
 
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.
 
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don't have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend's cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter, I kept the cat in a closed cardboard box in the shed and forgot about it. If I wanted to feed something and clean faeces, I wouldn't have put my mother in that home after her stroke. A week later, when my friend came to collect his cat, I pretended that I was not home and mailed the box to him. Apparently I failed to put enough stamps on the package and he had to collect it from the post office and pay eighteen dollars. He still goes on about that sometimes, people need to learn to let go.
I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.
Regards, David.

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says "I haven't seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?" you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.
I knew someone who had a basset hound that had its hind legs removed after an accident and it had to walk around with one of those little buggies with wheels. If it had been my dog I would have asked for all its legs to be removed and replaced with wheels and had a remote control installed. I could charge neighbourhood kids for rides and enter it in races. If I did the same with a horse I could drive it to work. I would call it Steven.
Regards, David.
 
From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.
 
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.
 
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.
 
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

Originally posted on jayfire.vox.com

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
4:52 am - On Vox: 6 Gas Mileage Myths..
Article from "The Daily Green" --> http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/cars-transportation/how-to-get-better-gas-mileage-broken-0519?src=nl&mag=tdg&list=nl_dgr_got_non_052110_better-gas-mileage&kw=ist

I should tell my ex-boss about the last myth about premium fuel =)

And some handy conversions.. 
  • http://www.vangeyn.net/mpg/?mpg=35&submit=Convert

35 MPG converted to KM/L (L/100KM) is 14.88 KM/L (6.72 L/100KM).
50 MPG converted to KM/L (L/100KM) is 21.26 KM/L (4.7 L/100KM).


  • http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=3+usd+per+gallon+to+usd+per+litre&aq=f&aqi=k1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=


3 (U.S. dollars per US gallon) = 0.792516157 U.S. dollars per litre

0.70 (Qatar riyals per litre) = 0.271169332 Singapore dollars per litre

1.3 (Australian dollars per litre) = 1.51331879 Singapore dollars per litre


*psst*... in the google search..you can just type "3 USD per gallon to USD per litre"... or to whichever other currency you wish to know~! 


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Do You Know How to Get Better Gas Mileage?

6 Gas Mileage Myths

True or false? If every U.S. car on the road had the fuel economy of a Prius, it would save as much oil as exists under the Gulf of Mexico.

True or false? Idling costs 2 cents per minute?

May 19, 2010 at 11:00am by Jim Motavalli | comment

Do Americans care about fuel economy as oil spills into the Gulf and gasoline hovers around $3 a gallon? You bet they do, though they also have a fair number of misconceptions about how to squeeze a few more miles out of every drop.

The Consumer Federation of America's most recent survey says that if we had a 50 mile-per-gallon car fleet today, we'd save more oil than there the entire proven reserves in the entire Gulf of Mexico. And people care about that. According to Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book and a CFA spokesman, 87 percent of respondents said it is "important that the country reduce its consumption of oil," and 54 percent said it is "very important."

Remember $4 a gallon gasoline?

$4 a gallon gas station sign

An amazing 65 percent support a mandated transition to a 50-mpg fuel economy standard by 2025–a figure that presumably includes even some Tea Party supporters. That's a tough standard, some 15 mpg better than the ambitious goal set by the Obama Administration (35 mpg by 2016). (Though the Prius, the most fuel-efficient car on the road, gets 50 mpg today.)

"The expectations of American consumers are reasonable and achievable," Gillis said in a conference call." He said that using such available and on-the-shelf technologies as cylinder deactivation and engine cutoff when stopped (the so-called "mild hybrid" popular in Europe) we could make five to 10 percent economy improvements.

hyundai elantra

CFA says that Asian carmakers, compared to the U.S. competition, are offering twice as many vehicles with 30 mpg or better. "It's shocking that so few of today's cars get more than 30 mpg," he said. I agree. I'm test-driving a $17,000 Hyundai Elantra Blue that gets 35 mpg on the highway, and that kind of economy is routine for Asian carmakers.

Mark Cooper, CFA's research director, said that in five years of the group's polling, the public's views have stayed remarkably consistent: They want less dependence on Middle Eastern oil and higher fuel-economy standards.

Cooper pointed out that Gulf oil is a big player when it comes to U.S. reserves, but is "inconsequential" in terms of world supply. The U.S. has just three percent of world oil, though most people think we have a much bigger piece of the pie. When informed of this unpleasant fact, Cooper said, the percentage that thinks it's "very important" to reduce oil dependence goes up significantly (from 54 percent to 68).

People care about fuel economy, but they're misinformed about how to actually achieve it. The federal government's fueleconomy.gov site (very useful to check cars' mpg) just published the "Top Ten Misconceptions about Fuel Economy." Here are a few (the ones I like):

  • It takes more fuel to start a vehicle than it does to let it idle. 
    People are really confused about this one, and will leave a car idling for half an hour rather than turn it off and restart. Some kids I know started an anti-idling campaign in the suburbs and are shaming parents into shutting down their cars. Idling uses a quarter to a half gallon of fuel in an hour (costing you one to two cents a minute). Unless you're stalled in traffic, turn off the car when stopped for more a few minutes.

  • Vehicles need to be warmed up before they're driven.
    Pshaw. That is a long-outdated notion. Today's cars are fine being driven off seconds after they're started.

  • As a vehicle ages, its fuel economy decreases significantly.
    Not true. As long as it's maintained, a 10- or 15-year-old car should have like-new mileage. The key thing is maintenance–an out-of-tune car will definitely start to decline mileage-wise.

  • Replacing your air filter helps your car run efficiently.
    Another outdated claim, dating back to the pre-1976 carburetor days. Fuel-injection engines don't get economy benefits from a clean air filter.

  • Aftermarket additives and devices can dramatically improve your fuel economy.
    As readers of my story on The Blade recall, there's not much evidence that these "miracle products" do much more than drain your wallet. Both the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Reports have weighed in on this. There are no top-secret 100-mpg bolt-ons out there.

  • Using premium fuel improves fuel economy.
    You might as well write a check to BP if you believe this. Only use premium if your car specifies it.

Here's the complete list.

Photo Credits: Marcelo Piotti / Istock, flickr/jen


Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/cars-transportation/how-to-get-better-gas-mileage-broken-0519?src=nl&mag=tdg&list=nl_dgr_got_non_052110_better-gas-mileage&kw=ist#ixzz0oiDAuWRv

Originally posted on jayfire.vox.com

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
12:48 pm - On Vox: Jay Chou - SUPERMAN CAN'T FLY.... I love love love the lyrics~!!!


OMG.. i love love love the lyrics~!!!! *fan-girl scream*~!! =P...

Credits to "The SC1011" for the mandarin lyrics... to which I'd added some brief translation for my friends.. =) ... so accuracy not guaranteed~! =P

Once again.. I'm in love with Jay... =PPP...

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TheSC1011  —  April 25, 2010  —
媽媽說很多事別太計較 / Mum says not to sweat it with the little things...
只是使命感找到了我 我睡不著 / But I'd been hit with a sense of conscience, I can't sleep...
如果說罵人要有點技巧 / If we need a little more "tact" / technique in scolding people... 
我會加點旋律你會覺得 超屌 / I will add some melody.. and you will feel... super DIAO (cool) ~!

我的槍不會裝彈藥 / My gun won't be loaded with gun powder...
所以放心不會有人倒 / So relax... there won't be anybody falling over...
我拍青蜂俠 不需要替身 / I filmed Green Hornet.. no need for a stunt double...
因為自信是我繪畫的顏料 / *Because self-confidence is the material for my drawing...

(*00:50... Peepz... This part didn't really make sense, any suggestions? I think it is... YIN LIAO instead of YAN LIAO.. which means.. BEVERAGE instead of MATERIAL... and HUI HUA.. could be CONVERSATION instead of DRAWING... so it would mean... self-confidence is my beverage for conversation... hmm...)

我做很多事背後的意義 遠離你們想象 / The reason why I do most stuff.. is beyond your imagination...

拍個電視純為了友情影響了現在的夢想 / Filming a TV series purely for friendship has affected my current dreams....
收視率再高也難抗衡我的偉大理想 / Regardless the viewership ratings... it will be difficult to contend my great ideals...  
因為我的人生無需再多一筆那獎項 / Because I don't need yet another award in my life...
我不知道何時變成了所謂的那榜樣 / I dunno when I'd become that so-called model / person-to-look-up-to...
被狗仔拍的那偽裝著要道歉模樣 / Shot by paparazzi.. that camouflage... apologizing look...
怎樣 / How...

(last 3 lines.. I"m not sure... but I think he means that... he doesn't realize that he'd changed... to somebody who'd apologize for being snapped by paparazzi... the comparison is probably back to his earlier days when he'd confronted the paparazzi...) 


我唱的歌詞要有點文化 因為隨時會被當教材 / I need culture in my lyrics, cos they could be taken as teaching material anytime...
CNN 能不能等英文好一點再放 時代雜誌封面能不能重拍 / Can CNN interview be released after my English improves... can I re-take the cover for Times magazine?
隨時隨地註意形象 / Have to watch my image all the time...
要控制飲食不然就跟杜莎夫人蠟像的我不像 / Have to control my food intake, else I won't look like my Madame Tussauds wax figure...
好萊塢的中國心願地上有很多手印腳印何時才能看見我的獎 / Hollywood Chinatown has many hand+foot prints.. when can i see my prize?

哦如果超人會飛 那就讓我在空中停一停歇 / Oh... if Superman can fly.. then let me take a short rest in the air...
再次俯瞰這個世界 會讓我 覺得好一些 / Once again overlooking this world.. will let me... feel a little better..
喔嗚喔 / Oh Woo Oh...
拯救地球好累 雖然有些疲憊的我還是會 / Saving the world is so tiring.. although I'm a little worn-out... I'll still (saving the world)..
不要問我哭過了沒 / Don't ask me if I'd cried or not...
因為超人不能流眼淚 / Because Superman can't cry...

** 02:30 Jay said something in Mandarin... below translated by angeland @Shammy12 ...
--> He says "if you just read the lyrics without listening to the melody, "Superman Can't Fly" is a rap song of critique. In foreign countries, these song are usually with heavy hip hop / rock elements, but I made it different into a warm melody, just like "Listen to Mama's Words" (聽媽媽的話) and "Dad, I'm back" (爸, 我回來了). This song reflects my heart and what I have gone through in these ten years."

唱歌要拿最佳男歌手 / When singing.. must receive Best Male Singer award...
拍電影也不能只能得最佳新人 / When filming, can't just receive Best Newcomer award...
你不參加頒獎典禮就是沒禮貌 / If you don't attend award ceremony.. you're impolite..
你去參加就是代表你很在乎 / If you attend, it means you care about it a lot...
得獎時你感動落淚 /  If you are moved to tears when you receive your award...
人家就會覺得你誇張做作 / They will feel you are exaggerating...
你沒表情別人就會說太囂張 / If you are expressionless, they will say you're arrogant..
如果你天生這表情 / If you're born with "this" expression... (whatever the expression may be...)
那些人甚至會怪你媽媽 / Then they might even blame your mum~!!
結果最後是別人在得獎 / If eventually somebody else receives the award...
你也要給予充分的掌聲與微笑 / You'd also have to be full of smiles and applause...
開的車不能太好 / Can't drive too good a car...
住的樓不能太高 / Can't stay in too high an apartment..
我到底是一個創作歌手還是好人好事代表 / So.. am I a creative singer, or Mr. Good Deeds?

專輯一出就必須是冠軍 / Once the album is out, it has to be ranked No.1...
拍了電影就必須要大賣 / Movie must be a sell-out..
只能說當超人真的好難 / I can only say.. it's really tough to be superman..

哦如果超人會飛 那就讓我在空中停一停歇 / Oh... if Superman can fly.. then let me take a short rest in the air...
再次俯瞰這個世界 會讓我 覺得好一些 / Once again overlooking this world.. will let me... feel a little better..
喔嗚喔 / Oh Woo Oh...
拯救地球好累 雖然有些疲憊的我還是會 / Saving the world is so tiring.. although I'm a little worn-out... I'll still (saving the world)..
不要問我哭過了沒 / Don't ask me if I'd cried or not...
因為超人不能流眼淚 / Because Superman can't cry...

Originally posted on jayfire.vox.com

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009
12:39 am - Twittascope - 20091122
Tarot.com :: Tarot, Astrology, Numerology and Iching


You may not be able to shirk your long-term responsibilities, but you can manage your day so you are still able to find the time for pleasure. Give yourself the gift of the present moment, even if the future is encroaching on you, requiring you to come back to unfinished business later on. Try your hand at doing something creative that's not about making money. Express yourself for the sheer fun of it.



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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
2:41 pm - On Vox: LIBRA TWITTER HOROSCOPE for 18 & 19 Nov 2009...
So true.... good reminders... =)


You may be ready to stretch your mind in new ways today, but you must make the extra effort yourself in order to reap the benefits. 

Others may come through with recognition or even praise, but their support will be after the fact, meaning you'll need to be self-motivated . Don't look to anyone else for help until you are already moving in the right direction.


You might have less money at your disposal today to do what you want, but getting by with less is a good practice for you now. You may be facing some leaner times ahead if you don't learn to save your pennies, so anything that reminds you to be frugal is helpful. 

Even if you aren't currently experiencing financial difficulties, don't wait until you're short on cash to begin conserving your resources.

Originally posted on jayfire.vox.com

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Thursday, September 10th, 2009
2:06 am - On Vox: interesting mailboxes =)

Got this in my email... makes snail mail look more cool... =P


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Monday, August 10th, 2009
1:58 pm - On Vox: Technology Review: A Metal Coating That Repairs Itself

Thought this was pretty cool~!!! Capsules that may contain polymers / odours / colour....
http://www.technologyreview.com/printer_friendly_article.aspx?id=23138&channel=computing&section;=

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Technology Review - Published by MIT
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Monday, August 10, 2009
A Metal Coating That Repairs Itself
Electroplated metal could be used to make self-healing construction materials, car parts, and machinery.
By Prachi Patel

Airplanes, cars, and ships that don't corrode are the promise of self-healing paint coatings andpolymer materials. Now researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart, Germany have come up with a metal coating that may be able to repair itself after sustaining damage.

The self-healing metal can be electroplated, which opens up applications in construction, car manufacturing, and other industries that use or manufacture steel machines. (Nuts, bolts, and screws made of steel, which is susceptible to corrosion, are already electroplated with rustproof metals such as zinc and chromium.)

The new coating is around 15 micrometers thick and contains polymer capsules a few hundred nanometers in diameter. When the plating is scratched, the capsules should burst and release their contents - which could be a polymer capable of sealing the crack, or corrosion-inhibiting liquids.

So far, the researchers have made nanocapsule-infused coatings from metals or alloys including copper, zinc, and nickel. In principle, it should be possible to make them from any metal that can be electroplated, says Harald Holeczek, a Fraunhofer researcher who was involved in the work.

Although Holeczek and his colleagues haven't yet demonstrated the material's self-healing property, being able to incorporate liquid-filled nanocapsules into electroplated layers is significant, says Michael Kessler, a materials science and engineering professor at Iowa State University. "This is the first self-healing coating that can be electroplated," he says. "The advantage is that electroplating is a widely used industrial process."

The liquid inside the nanocapsules could be tailored to a variety of purposes. For instance, capsules in the plating of ball bearings could be filled with mineral oils to make the bearings self-lubricating. Capsules filled with colored liquids or scented oils could make metal parts that change color or release an odor when they are damaged. Better yet, several different types of capsules could be incorporated inside a metal layer, Holeczek says. For instance, it may be possible to "use color or scent in an upper layer to signal wear or damage and use some inhibition agent in a deeper layer to prevent severe damage."

Electroplating involves passing a current through an electrolyte solution containing positive metal ions. The object that needs to be coated is given a negative charge and immersed in the electrolyte. The positive ions are attracted to the negative surface, creating a thin layer of metal.

The Fraunhofer researchers make the nanocapsules separately before adding them to an electrolyte solution. But making capsules that survive the electroplating process was not easy--the harsh electrolytes can easily degrade the capsules, Holeczek says. Additionally, "the very tiny capsules tend to stick to each other once introduced in an aqueous medium." So the researchers had to add a proprietary mix of chemicals to the electrolyte solution, and to the capsules themselves, to prevent this from happening.

As a result, the nanocapsules can be integrated into the thin plating without affecting its hardness and other mechanical properties, Holeczek says. They are also distributed evenly through the metal layer, which means there's a better chance that the capsules will open even when damage is minor.

Paul Braun, a materials science and engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has made a microcapsule healing system that can be added to a wide range of paints and protective coatings and is now being marketed. He says that making the capsules too small could defeat the purpose: "If you have a 15-micrometer-wide scratch, then you can't release enough material to fill the crack plane."

However, once the researchers come up with the appropriate chemistries to show that the material can heal itself, Braun says, it could "open up a whole new opportunity space."

Copyright Technology Review 2009.

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New York, NY
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - Thursday, October 22, 2009
http://www.connecting-group.com/Web/EventOverview.aspx?Identificador=6

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Friday, July 31st, 2009
8:54 pm - On Vox: "Flowery" Hello Kitty~~~

Got this in the email from SL.... *awwwww*.... =)

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
1:22 pm - On Vox: Contractors... dun know to laugh or to cry... =P... got this in my mail from Easah...



 

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Monday, July 20th, 2009
12:32 am - On Vox: BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Tourists warned of Thailand airport scam
BBC NEWS
Tourists warned of Thailand airport scam

By Jonathan Head 
BBC News, Bangkok 

Bangkok's showcase new international airport is no stranger to controversy.

Built between 2002 and 2006, under the governments of then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the opening date was repeatedly delayed.

It has been dogged by allegations of corruption, as well as criticism of the design and poor quality of construction.

Then, at the end of last year, the airport was shut down for a week after being occupied by anti-government protesters.

Now new allegations have been made that a number of passengers are being detained every month in the duty free area on suspicion of shoplifting, and then held by the police until they pay large sums of money to buy their freedom.

That is what happened to Stephen Ingram and Xi Lin, two IT experts from Cambridge, as they were about to board their flight to London on the night of 25 April this year.

They had been browsing in the duty free shop at the airport, and were later approached by security guards, who twice asked to search their bags.

They were told a wallet had gone missing, and that Ms Lin had been seen on a security camera taking it out of the shop.

The company that owns the duty free shop, King Power, has since put the CCTV video on its website, which does appear to show her putting something in her bag. However the security guards found no wallet on either of them.

Despite that, they were both taken from the departure gate, back through immigration, and held in an airport police office. That is when their ordeal started to become frightening.

Interpreter

"We were questioned in separate rooms," Mr Ingram said. "We felt really intimidated. They went through our bags and demanded that we tell them where the wallet was."

The two were then put in what Mr Ingram describes as a "hot, humid, smelly cell with graffiti and blood on the walls".

Mr Ingram managed to phone a Foreign Office helpline he found in a travel guide, and was told someone in the Bangkok embassy would try to help them.

The next morning the two were given an interpreter, a Sri Lankan national called Tony, who works part-time for the police.

They were taken by Tony to meet the local police commander - but, says Mr Ingram, for three hours all they discussed was how much money they would have to pay to get out.

They were told the charge was very serious. If they did not pay, they would be transferred to the infamous Bangkok Hilton prison, and would have to wait two months for their case to be processed.

Mr Ingram says they wanted £7,500 ($12,250) - for that the police would try to get him back to the UK in time for his mother's funeral on 28 April.

But he could not arrange to get that much money transferred in time.

'Zig-zag' scheme

Tony then took them to an ATM machine at the police station, and told Ms Lin to withdraw as much as she could from her own account - £600 - and Mr Ingram then withdrew the equivalent of £3,400 from his account.

This was apparently handed over to the police as "bail", and they were both made to sign a number of papers.

Later they were allowed to move to a squalid hotel within the airport perimeter, but their passports were held and they were warned not to leave or try to contact a lawyer or their embassy.

"I will be watching you," Tony told them, adding that they would have to stay there until the £7,500 was transferred into Tony's account.

On the Monday they managed to sneak out and get a taxi to Bangkok, and met an official at the British Embassy.

She gave the name of a Thai lawyer, and, says Mr Ingram, told them they were being subjected to a classic Thai scam called the "zig-zag".

Their lawyer urged them to expose Tony - but also warned them that if they fought the case it could take months, and they risked a long prison sentence.

After five days the money was transferred to Tony's account, and they were allowed to leave.

Mr Ingram had missed his mother's funeral, but at least they were given a court document stating that there was insufficient evidence against them, and no charge.

"It was a harrowing, stressful experience," he said.

The couple say they now want to take legal action to recover their money.

'Typical' scam

The BBC has spoken to Tony and the regional police commander, Colonel Teeradej Phanuphan.

They both say Tony was merely helping the couple with translation, and raising bail to keep them out of prison.

Tony says about half the £7,500 was for bail, while the rest were "fees" for the bail, for his work, and for a lawyer he says he consulted on their behalf.

In theory, he says, they could try to get the bail portion refunded.

Colonel Teeradej says he will investigate any possible irregularities in their treatment. But he said any arrangement between the couple and Tony was a private affair, which did not involve the police.

Letters of complaint to the papers here in Thailand make it clear that passengers are regularly detained at the airport for alleged shoplifting, and then made to pay middlemen to win their freedom.

The Danish Embassy says one of its nationals was recently subjected to a very similar scam, and earlier this month an Irish scientist managed to flee Thailand with her husband and one year-old son after being arrested at the airport and accused of stealing an eyeliner worth around £17.

Tony told the BBC that so far this year he has "helped" about 150 foreigners in trouble with the police. He says sometimes he does it for no charge.

The British Embassy has also warned passengers at Bangkok Airport to take care not to move items around in the duty free shopping area before paying for them, as this could result in arrest and imprisonment.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/asia-pacific/8154497.stm

Published: 2009/07/20 00:01:41 GMT

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Sunday, July 19th, 2009
2:55 am - On Vox: http://www.naturalnews.com/z026160_preparedness_swine_flu_outbreak.html

NaturalNews.com printable article

Myth Busted: N95 Masks Are Useless at Protecting Wearers from Swine Flu

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor 

(NaturalNews) When it comes to infectious disease, preparedness is good. But ill-informed preparedness is a waste of time and resources, and there's a lot of ill-informed preparedness going on right now with the swine flu.

Case in point: All those people buying N95 masks (respirators).

They think wearing a mask protects them from swine flu. The mainstream media perpetuates the myth, broadcasting images of people wearing the masks, all while talking about people "protecting themselves" from swine flu. If it wasn't a potentially life-and-death situation, it would all be quite hilarious.

But let me ask you a question: Have you ever had surgery or visited a surgery room? Did you ever notice that the surgeons and medical staff are all wearing surgical masks that are very similar to the N95 face masks being used by people afraid of swine flu?

Did you ever wonder WHY they are wearing those masks? Here's the question: Are they wearing those masks to protect themselves from the patient's germs? Of course not! They're wearing those masks to prevent their own germs from infecting the patient!

N95 masks, you see, have but one purpose: To prevent the wearer from infecting others. To use blunt medical terminology, they work by preventing snot, spit or other virus-carrying particles from becoming airborne. Thus, if the wearer sneezes, coughs, drools, spits or talks excitedly, his or her infected fluids will be trapped in the mask and will not infect others.

N95 masks have virtually no ability to protect the wearer from other people's airborne germs.

If it's not air-tight, it's not right!

This should be obvious by simply noticing that N95 masks are not air-tight! When you inhale while wearing such a face mask, the air you're inhaling enters through the gaps on the sides of the mask, completely bypassing the mask filtration system.

This is why -- duh! -- level 4 biohazard scientists don't waltz into their labs wearing N95 face masks. If they did, they would die. Since they don't want to die, they don't depend on N95 respirators.

So all those people planning on wearing N95 face masks are kidding themselves. That's what I mean about ill-informed preparedness. It's almost worse than no preparedness at all because it gives people a false sense of security.

I've gone to great lengths to put together honest, accurate information about preparedness strategies that really work. That information is provided in my "Swine Flu Advanced Preparedness Teleconference" found here: http://www.naturalnews.com/026139.html (Once the teleconference is over, the audio recording will be offered as a sensibly-priced download, by the way.)

In that teleconference, I emphasize why people need to invest in an air-tight face mask (also known as a "gas mask"), and I teach you how to quickly check to make sure it's air tight. It's a simple process known by anyone who has ever been in the military:

1) Put the face mask on and tighten the straps to a comfortable fit.

2) Inhale and hold your breath.

3) Now attempt to gently pry the facemask off your face using your hands.

If the facemask comes off easily, it wasn't an air-tight fit! If it's more difficult to pry off your face (due to suction), you most likely have an air-tight fit, and you can now move around safely in certain biohazard situations, depending on the rating of the gas mask. (This little test works even better if you can completely block the intake valves temporarily, creating true suction.)

Note that different gas mask filters (respirators) protect you from different things. Some protect you from airborne bacteria and viruses, while others protect you from chemical fumes. You need to know what you're buying and what it's rated for.

In my advanced preparedness teleconference, I recommend the brands and model numbers that actually work so that people can experience real swine flu protection rather than the illusion of being protected. Walking around with a piece of cloth on your face attached to your ears by rubber bands is a joke. It's sort of like wearing a big red sign that says, "I'm an idiot on infectious disease."

Consider this: If N95 masks actually worked to protect people from airborne biohazards, then the U.S. Army would issue low-cost N95 masks to soldiers instead of the far more expensive full-face gas masks they're issued today. The reason full-face gas masks are used by soldiers and biohazard researchers is because they keep you alive. If your goal is to stay alive, you probably don't want to use N95 masks.

This is one topic where bad information can get you killed. That's why I've jumped on this opportunity to teach people good information about infectious disease preparedness -- the kind of information most health experts don't know, and the high-level biohazard experts won't dare admit publicly. Learn more about the preparedness course here:http://www.truthpublishing.com/Swin...

What the FDA says about N95 masks

By the way, even the FDA warns people about everything I've just told you here. I can't believe I'm quoting the FDA, but here's what they say about the ineffectiveness of N95 face masks: (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ppe/masksre...)

What you should know before using surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators

• The use of surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators alone will not fully protect you from acquiring an infection.

• Other infection control practices such as hand-washing, isolating infected patients, and practicing appropriate coughing etiquette, are also important to minimize your risk of infection.

• Surgical N95 respirators must be fit properly. A surgical N95 respirator that has not been fitted properly may leave unprotected gaps between the respirator and your face. These gaps will impair the respirator's effectiveness. Facial hair or unusual facial features make it difficult to fit surgical N95 respirators properly.

• Be aware that surgical masks are not fit-tested to your face and may leave unprotected gaps between the mask and your face.

• Be aware that masks lose their protective properties and must be changed when they become wet from saliva or respiratory secretions.

• Know that surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators are not tested against specific microorganisms and should not claim to prevent specific diseases.

• Never reuse surgical masks or surgical N95 respirators.

• Never wash or disinfect surgical masks or surgical N95 respirators.

• Never share surgical masks or surgical N95 respirators with others.

... in other words, N95 masks are all but useless at preventing swine flu infection.

There's a lot of preparedness B.S. from clueless "experts" on the 'net

There are a lot of people talking preparedness on the 'net, but few have any real-world experience with it.

I've actually owned and used a wide array of preparedness gear for many years. As someone who believes in prudent preparedness, I've been fully prepared against NBC attacks for well over a decade. (That's "Nuclear, Biological and Chemical" for those who aren't familiar with the terminology.) This topic is way beyond mere "natural health." This isn't just about anti-viral herbs and ointments. This is about understanding the whole dynamic of what happens in an outbreak: What the virus does, what the people do and what the government is likely to do.

Because, let's face it: In a pandemic outbreak situation, the virus itself is the least of your problems. You're far more likely to be killed by the actions or inactions of other people than by the virus itself. Why is that? I explain it all in the teleconference. There are basically three ways people die in such scenarios, and there are four areas of focus you need to address in order to reduce your chances of being harmed or killed in one of those three ways.

Protecting yourself from the virus is important, but it's not the whole picture. If that's all you do, you could still end up dead from a pandemic outbreak, even if you never get infected.

Highly-complex societies have never faced a global pandemic

You see, the one big factor that no one is talking about right now is the fact that modern civilization is far more complex and specialized than during any previous global outbreak. Our supply lines are longer; our populations are far more dense and our entire global infrastructure is far more interdependent than during any other outbreak.

This creates a hidden vulnerability to systemic failures that cascade from one sector to the next, conceivably impacting energy, transportation, water, emergency response, medical and even the executive branches of local and national governments.

The world has never suffered a pandemic during a time when such interdependencies were so incredibly complex. The halting international flights -- even for just a few days -- could wreak havoc on not just the global economy but also the functioning of cities in each isolated nation.

For the most part, people have not thought about these things. They stupidly believe cities run themselves, and water just magically appears at the tap, and food magically appears in the grocery store as it's needed. So they'll run around wearing N95 masks, too, thinking they're safe. But they aren't. They're more vulnerable than at any time in human history. They just don't realize it yet.

The bottom line on all this? This particular swine flu may or may not become "the big pandemic" of our time. But prudent people keep themselves in a state of vigilant preparedness to handle ANY infectious disease outbreak. Whether it's H1N1 swine flu is irrelevant. True survivors are always prepared, so to them, this particular outbreak is no big deal. When swine flu hit the news, for example, I didn't have to rush out and buy any preparedness gear at all -- I already have everything I need, and I'll have it for the next flu outbreak, too.

For those who really want to be prepared for infectious disease, here's where you can find details on my Swine Flu Advanced Preparedness Teleconference:http://www.truthpublishing.com/Swin...

On the other hand, for those who really don't want to be prepared -- but who enjoy the illusion of preparedness -- here's where you can buy N95 face masks:http://www.amazon.com/3M-N95-Respir...

They're already sold out, by the way, having been purchased by clueless people who may discover too late that their N95 masks might just get them killed.

Buzz up!vote now

 



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Saturday, July 18th, 2009
2:30 am - On Vox: News - Europe: Elderly couple die hand-in-hand

hmm... this is such a controversial topic... there are all sorts of people who choose to commit suicide... is it a crime to facilitate death? esp euthanasia... mmm....

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Till death do us part: Sir Edward and his wife Joan travelled to the controversial assisted-suicide clinic to end their lives. Photo: Daily Mail 




Elderly couple die hand-in-hand

By Daily Mail

The son of conductor Sir Edward Downes on Tuesday told how he and his sister wept as they watched their parents die hand-in-hand at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. 

Sir Edward, 85, and his 74-year-old wife Joan had travelled to the controversial assisted-suicide clinic to end their lives after Joan was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver and pancreas. 

"They drank a small quantity of clear liquid and then lay down on the beds next to each other. Within a couple of minutes they were asleep and died within 10 minutes," said Caractacus Downes. 

'They drank a small quantity of clear liquid'
"They wanted to be next to each other when they died. They held hands across the beds." 

Caractacus, 41, an IT worker and musician, and his sister Boudicca, 39, who works for the UN, flew with their parents to Zurich last Tuesday. 

On Friday they sat in the room watching their parents die, tears pouring down their cheeks. "It is a very civilised way to be able to end your life," said Caractacus, "and I don't understand why the legal position in Britain doesn't allow it."

The couple's decision to take their own lives will reignite the debate over the ethics of assisted suicide and the controversial clinic. 

Sir Edward, who was principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 1980 to 1991, had suffered with near blindness for the past 15 years and was going deaf. 

'Dad had felt he was physically winding down'
Caractacus and Boudicca returned to London at the weekend, phoning police on Monday to tell them what they had done before releasing a press statement on Tuesday. They were due to be questioned by officers from the Greenwich CID yesterday. A police source said: "This is something we have to do as a matter of routine." 

Caractacus said his parents' final moments were "very calm and very simple".

He added: "We wanted to be with them. To start with, my mother didn't want us to go, but that was early on. Dignitas encouraged us to go. and my parents were very relieved we were there. 

"There is a detailed process Dignitas requires you to go through to make sure you are aware of what you are doing and you are sure that is what you want to do." 

A specialist had given Joan weeks to live. "The prognosis was fairly bleak. It was between some number of weeks and months," said Caractacus. 

He added: "Dad had felt he was physically winding down. There were all sorts of things he wanted to do but couldn't. 

"For the last couple of years he had been doing a degree in Russian. He wanted to do something to keep his brain ticking over, but the physical demands of being able to read Russian texts he was having great difficulty with. It was frustration upon frustration for him."

The family researched the legal position and took advice from a family friend, a retired lawyer. 

"We looked up on the internet what was going on. But it would not make any difference. Even if they arrest us and send us to prison it would have made no difference because it is what our parents wanted," said Caractacus. 

A statement released by Caractacus and Boudicca said the couple had died on July 10 "under circumstances of their own choosing".

It stated: "After 54 happy years together they decided to end their own lives rather than continue to struggle with serious health problems. Our mother, who was 74, started her career as a ballet dancer and subsequently worked as a choreographer and TV producer before dedicating the last years of her life to working as our father's personal assistant.

"They both lived life to the full and considered themselves to be extremely lucky to have lived such rewarding lives, both professionally and personally. Our parents had no religious beliefs and there will be no funeral."

Sir Edward had a long and distinguished career, working with both the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera House.

His manager, a Mr Groves, who had known the conductor for 35 years, said the couple's decision to end their lives was "typically brave and courageous". 

"They were absolutely devoted to each other."

Throughout his stellar career Sir Edward was honoured by four music colleges and five universities as well as receiving the Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Royal Philharmonic Society awards.

He received a CBE in 1986 and was knighted in 1991. Sir Edward's eyesight "almost collapsed" when he was 71. 

Last week, the House of Lords rejected a bid to allow relatives to help terminally ill people travel abroad to die, following an impassioned plea by a severely disabled peer. 

There is massive public support for a change in the law to allow assisted dying, with polls regularly showing more than 80 percent of the British public want it made legal. 

At Dignitas, clients pay ?6 000 (about R80 000) to give themselves a lethal dose of barbiturate. The drug induces a deep sleep within minutes of drinking it, leading to a peaceful and painless death, according to the clinic.

Patients are left alone in a flat as they do so, but their death is filmed and the footage handed to a coroner to prove there was no coercion.

The centre, founded by human rights lawyer Ludwig Minelli as a non-profit organisation, operates in a legal limbo.

In Switzerland, those who assist a suicide need only a psychiatrist's report which says that the subject has the mental capacity to decide whether he or she wishes to die. There are no further legal sanctions, and Swisslaw remains vague, drawing no clear distinction between suicides of the terminally ill and others.



  • This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on July 15, 2009

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009
2:55 am - On Vox: Green Roofs mentioned in TreeHugger article

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/06/green-roof-tries-to-make-building-disappear.php

With Green Roof, Nanyang University School of Art Tries to Disappear

by Lloyd Alter, Toronto  on 06. 8.09

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Nanyang University Photo Credit CPG Consultants via Greensource

I noted in an earlier post on Zaha Hadid's design museum in Seoul:

Green roofs are wonderful things, and they are introducing a whole new design aesthetic where roof meets grade, and a whole new presentation style where we look down at buildings instead of up. If only we had wings.

Most of the new green roof-driven designs we see now are still just renderings, but in Singapore, the Nanyang University School of Art, Design and Media opened in 2006, and you don't need wings to take it in.

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Nanyang University Photo Credit CPG Consultants via 
Greensource

Aric Chen of Greensource lists one main reason these structures are often proposed, saying that the University wanted a

non-building building, as CPG director Hoong Bee Lok puts it, that would allow it to build on the central green space without taking away from it.

In other words, they were putting a building into an open space designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange that was the "green lung" of the campus, and they wanted to pretend it would disappear. This seems to often be the function of green roofs these days; As I noted in the post on Grimshaw's water filtration plant:

The Bronx NIMBYs went nuts when it was proposed that a water filtration plant be built in a park. So the architects, Grimshaw, followed what is becoming a common strategy: put a green roof on it and show it from the air. Building? What building?

nanyang university green roof water feature photo
Nanyang University Photo Credit CPG Consultants via Greensource

CPG Consultants has done a lovely job here, all while being sensitive to environmental issues:

the building’s greenest feature, in more ways than one, remains the roof. In addition to reducing solar gain and slowing runoff during Singapore’s frequent downpours, it is irrigated using rainwater collected in storage tanks; a moisture retention mat installed beneath the lightweight soil also helps keep the grass consistently damp under the sun.

nanyang university green roof building plan photo
Nanyang University Photo Credit CPG Consultants via Greensource

But it is a fantasy for architects to keep showing aerial perspectives and claim that they are "non-building buildings;" That is only true if you are a bird. Looking at the photos of the completed Nanyang building, it is obviously very real.

More on Green Roofs and Hiding Buildings:
rimini seascape image
Are Green Roofs the New Mirrored Glass?


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Zaha Hadid Does a Green Roof in Seoul


grimshaw brooklyn image
Green Roof Mashup: Golf Course, Filtration Plant, Park and Prison


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Green Roofs Meet the Ground in New Heden

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Friday, July 10th, 2009
4:09 am - On Vox: El Monte Sagrado Resort

Apparently this spa/resort with a "functional" water-feature is in the middle of a desert~!!!
Thought it was pretty cool =)

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Benefits

  • 4,000 gallons per day of water treated and brought into re-use.
  • Centerpiece of a water-based architecture in the heart of the high desert.
  • Storm water reclaimed for irrigation and to augment decorative water features.
  • Ecosystem becomes part of the design aesthetic.
  • Nature and human needs are brought into harmony.

It's not habitual to think of a wastewater treatment system as a thriving ecology, but that's exactly the way that Living Machine® technology challenges us to see the world.  El Monte Sagrado's Living Machine® is a prime example.  Visitors to this AAA Four Diamond Award-winning spa and resort are treated to a lush cascade of water features, hydroponic plants, and engineered wetlands, all of which are constantly working to cleanse wastewater and rainwater for re-use.

The result embodies the resort designers' philosophy of "infrastructure as architecture," an approach that finds ways to make essential systems both environmentally sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.  The system was integrated with the resort's design from the very beginning.  It became a central part of an overall sustainability strategy that included:

  • collection of rainwater
  • energy independent heating and cooling systems
  • ecological treatment and reuse of wastewater
  • environmentally friendly water disinfection
  • composting and re-use of organic waste material
  • onsite production of food
  • use of earth-based building materials

Guests of the resort are invited to swim in natural ponds fed with rainwater, and stroll or lounge beside a working ecological wastewater treatment system. The designers' artful blending of architecture, infrastructure, and ecology poses a profound challenge to the idea that human habitation and support systems must be divorced from our natural environment.

Schematic: El Monte Sagrado Resort

El Monte's Living Machine® treats water from two sources: the wastewater from the resort's kitchens and bathrooms, and seasonal rainwater collected to a cistern.  Water from each of these sources is treated separately, and ultimately bound for both display and re-use in landscape irrigation.

Wastewater from the resort is treated by a series of hydroponic reactors.  (The best design available in 2002, these hydroponic cells have since been superseded by Worrell Water Technologies' Next Generation Tidal Wetland and Hybrid Wetland designs.)  The reactors use activated sludge to remove nitrogen, and compost biofilters to scrub odors

The partially treated water then passes through a series of plant-covered hydroponic tanks, whose root zones contain engineered films of beneficial microbes.  The microbes do most of the heavy labor in turning waste into clean water.  Final stage treatment is applied by paired indoor and outdoor Vertical Flow Wetlands.  These wetlands "polish" the water and finish the job of removing nitrogen and solids from the water.  After treatment the water is disinfected using ultraviolet light.

In a parallel process, collected rainwater is passed through a biofilter to prepare for reuse.  Water from both sources is then deployed to display ponds, where it becomes part of the resort's "aquatecture."  Use of the recycled water to irrigate the resort's landscaping provides significantly lower water costs.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
2:45 am - On Vox: Lumberjack turned artist/sculptor.... from Easah...

I'd thought the initial pictures were already pretty awesome.. but scroll to the end.. *wow*~!!!

 

 
Lumberjack turned artist/sculptor.
 
 
 

 
 


 


 


 


 


 


 
 


 


 

 

 
 
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Monday, July 6th, 2009
3:02 pm - On Vox: mmm... I could use some help with de-cluttering... but pity she's in a different continent..

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Originally posted on jayfire.vox.com

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Saturday, July 4th, 2009
2:45 am - On Vox: Joke from Easah... who's deaf??? =)

A man feared his wife wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he
Thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach
Her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem.

The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could
Perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.

Here's what you do," said the Doctor, "stand about 40 feet away from
Her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you.
If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response."

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was
In the den. He says to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away, let's see
What happens." Then in a normal tone he asks, 'Honey, what's for dinner?"

No response.

So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his Wife and repeats, "Honey, what's for dinner?"

Still no response.

Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his Wife and asks, "Honey, what's for dinner?"

Again he gets no response.

So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. "Honey,what's for dinner?" Again there is no response.

So he walks right up behind her. "Honey, what's for dinner?" 

"Ralph, for the FIFTH time, CHICKEN!"

Originally posted on jayfire.vox.com

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Friday, June 26th, 2009
5:39 am - Jon Schmidt - Morn Mix

JON SCHMIDT Mom mix

Pop Piano???

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Sunday, June 14th, 2009
10:15 pm - On Vox: Shoelaces~!!!

Pity I don't go to school anymore~! else I'll try the "lattice" =)))

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PUMA - how to do cool shoe lacing  教綁鞋帶

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